Thursday, September 21, 2023

Memoir Review: Lifeline to a Soul by John K. McLaughlin

Today, I have a memoir to share!  Learn about Lifeline to a Soul and author John K. McLaughlin, read my thoughts on the book and enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title:  Lifeline to a Soul / The Life-Changing Perspective I Gained While Teaching Entrepreneurship to Prisoners by John K. McLaughlin
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 234 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  Lifeline Education Connection
Release date:   April 2023
Content RatingPG: A handful of expletives.

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About the Book

2023 PenCraft Seasonal Book Award Spring Competition.
Winner in the Non-Fiction - Autobiography genre

Lifeline to a Soul takes the reader inside the fence and chronicles the victories and challenges one man faced as a first-time teacher in the strange world of prison life.
My Review

Lifeline to a Soul Brings Readers Unique Insights into the Author's World. I love memoirs because they give me unique views into the lives and experiences of others. This memoir is no exception. McLaughlin takes readers into his world as he seeks to teach and share his passions and experiences to encourage others. Most of the readers of McLaughlin's novel have yet to step inside prison walls, so they will have the chance to learn about life and the world beyond their usual day.


Lifeline to a Soul is a well-written, Inspirational Memoir. The author is a salesman/entrepreneur turned teacher--but his presentation in this novel details his experiences trying to find a way to serve a need in an underserved population. Readers, especially those with entrepreneurial interests, will learn from McLaughlin's experiences. From following a passion to learning about "customer" needs to develop a successful, measurable product--the author's story is an engaging, inspirational look at business and life.


Would I Recommend Lifeline to a Soul by John McLaughlin? I love life stories. My husband says that I'm just nosy--and that may well be true! Finding a well-written, well-organized memoir that gives me more profound insights into things I've not experienced firsthand is always a welcome find! This book is that find. If you enjoy memoirs--and are interested in entrepreneurial insights, education, or looks at life inside prisons and criminal justice rehabilitation, this one should be on your reading list.

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Meet the Author

John McLaughlin spent half his life bootstrapping his start-up business to an industry leader. His desire to teach what he spent his career learning led him on a remarkable journey through the gates of a minimum-security prison where he taught entrepreneurship for almost three years. John has an MBA, a teaching certificate, and a marketing management certificate from Harvard Extension University. John enjoys riding a tandem bicycle with his wonderful wife, Reba on the greenways of Charlotte, North Carolina where they live with two extremely spoiled cats, Moe and Joe. You can learn more about John’s current teaching program at:

connect to the author: website ~ goodreads ~ bookbub

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